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BOOKS OF THE WEEK 2008-2011

02/27/11 02/20/11

The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, by Bernard Lewis The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East, by Neil MacFarquhar Decision Points, by George W. Bush Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World, by Bruce Rutherford The Future of Power, by Joseph S. Nye Jr. The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, by Richard McGregor The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters, by Thomas Hurka To End a War, by Richard Holbrooke Winner Take All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson Secrecy: The American Experience, by Daniel Patrick Moynihan Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success, by Matthew Syed When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques Superpower?: The Amazing Race between China's Hare and India's Tortoise, by Raghav Bahl The Right Nation : Conservative Power in America, by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, by Robert Kaplan How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, by Gideon Rose Time Magazine Recommended by Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao: Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius The Theory of Moral Sentiments, by Adam Smith

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Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy, by Michael Soussan A Journey: My Political Life, by Tony Blair Numbers Rule Your World : The Hidden Influence of Probability and Statistics on Everything You Do, by Kaiser Fung

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09/05/10 08/29/10

A Good Man in Africa, by William Boyd War Is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones, by David Axe and Matt Bors The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created, by William Bernstein Ill Fares the Land, by Tony Judt In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, by Robert Rubin with Jacob Weisberg The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention, by William Rosen The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, by Matt Ridley Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, by Matthew B. Crawford Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution, by Tarun Khanna and Krishna Palepu Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future, by Steven Kinsler More Money than God, by Sebastian Mallaby The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, by Peter Beinart The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester The Promise, by Jonathan Alter The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations, by Ian Bremmer
Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, by Hussain Haqqani The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity, by Richard Florida Elements of Investing, by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis The Bridge, by David Remnick Mandela's Way: 15 Lessons on Life, Love and Courage, by Rick Stengel The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande The Great Inflation and its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence, by Robert Samuelson The Big Short, by Michael Lewis Things I've Been Silent about: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter, by Azar Nafisi Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran The Soros Lectures at the Central European University, by George Soros Work Hard, Study and Keep Out of Politics by James Baker Recount (movie) Into the Story, by David Maraniss "How to Tame the Deficit," by Jeffrey Sachs (article) Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility by David Walker Capitalism and the Jews, by Jerry Muller The Death of Conservatism, by Sam Tanenhaus Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, by Tracy Kidder India after Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin Superfreakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt How Markets Fail, by John Cassidy

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The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army, by Greg Jaffe and David Cloud Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin Nation Under Contract, by Allison Stanger Startup Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle, by Dan Senor Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller The Great Indian Novel, by Shashi Tharoor Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It by Zachary Karabell Keynes: Return of the Master, by Robert Skidelsky Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West, by Timothy Garton Ash Forces of Fortune, by Vali Nasr The New Cold War, by Edward Lucas An Agenda for NATO by Zbigniew Brzezinski (Foreign Affairs article) How American Health Care Killed My Father by David Goldhill (The Atlantic article) Movies of the Week: The Hurt Locker & In The Loop Work Hard, Study, and Keep Out of Politics, by James Baker The Evolution of God, by Robert Wright Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Michael Oren Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen Free: The Future of a Radical Price, by Chris Anderson The Increment, by David Ignatius We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Fear, Humiliation and Hope are Reshaping the World, by Dominique Moisi American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, by Joseph Ellis Education of an American Dreamer, by Pete Peterson The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, by Hooman Majd, The Soul of Iran, by Afshin Molavi Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, by Michael Lewis Liar's Poker, by Michael Lewis, Home Game, by Michael Lewis The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, by Lucette Lagnado Engaging the Muslim World, by Juan Cole War of Necessity, War of Choice, by Richard Haass The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria The Fat Tail, by Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat God Is Back, by John Micklethwait God Is Back, by John Micklethwait The Age of the Unthinkable, by Joshua Cooper Ramo Power Rules, by Les Gelb Imagining India, by Nandan Nilekani The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars In The Midst Of A Big One, by David Kilcullen The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright John Maynard Keynes: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman, by Robert Skidelsky Postcards From Tomorrow Square, by James Fallows The Inheritance, by David Sanger Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century, by George Freidman The Origin of the Financial Crises, by George Cooper What I Saw at the Revolution, by Peggy Noonan The Clash of Civilizations, by Samuel Huntington

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No book recommended The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008, by Paul Krugman The Defining Moment, by Jonathan Alter The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Idea of Pakistan, by Stephen Cohen Maximum City, by Suketu Mehta The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, by Niall Ferguson Ghost Wars: The Secret History Of The CIA, Afghanistan, And Bin Laden, From The Soviet Invasion To September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham The Wise Men, by Walter Isaacson What It Takes, by Richard Ben Cramer A Piece of the Action, by Joe Nocera One Minute To Midnight, by Michael Dobbs The Bottom Billion, by Paul Collier Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius